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June 26, 2013 4:22 PM Radford’s Spelling Problem

By Daniel Luzer

No matter how much technology we put in colleges, no matter how choreographed we make commencement ceremonies, sometimes people still just really screw up.

Last year’s big fiasco was committed by the University of Texas at Austin, which issued programs for graduation observances for the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Pubic Affairs.

This year’s great gaffe comes from Virginia’s Radford University, which printed a typo on its diplomas. All of its diplomas. According to the Associated Press:

Hundreds of Radford University graduates have received diplomas that had Virginia spelled incorrectly.
More than 1,400 students received the erroneous diplomas. University spokesman Joe Carpenter says the error was caused when an employee retyped the narrative on the diploma after the software that produces them was upgraded in 2012. The third “I” was missing from “Virginia.”

Virgina, wow. At least pubic is a real word.

Radford will mail the graduates new diplomas.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer